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ZZ Top at Aquarius Amphitheater - 2007

On Saturday the Portland area recieved yet another blast of winter.  High wind warnings, low 40’s and over an inch of rain so, I’d been pushing the buttons in the automobile. 

From country to soft rock and then I settled on this little gem from XM DeepTracks channel. 

With its stuttering intro and swagger…it’s about living in the moment, enjoying the ride.

“Well I was rollin’ down the road in some cold blue steel
I had a blues man in the back, and a beautician at the wheel
We going downtown in the middle of the night
We laughing and I’m jokin’ and we feelin’ alright
Oh I’m bad, I’m nationwide
Yes I’m bad, I’m nationwide”

The cool cat musicians I reference are ZZ Top singing “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” from the 1979 “Degüello” album.

I cranked up the volume to revel in the magic and was instantly reminded of the Aquarius Amphitheater at the 2007 Laughlin River Run. It was the 25th Anniversary of the motorcycle rally and ZZ Top headlined the largest bike rally in the western U.S. 

Thinking back to the concert I remember the stadium steps were sticky.  The people were sweaty.  The liquid refreshments were warm.  But we were thrilled to be there. There wasn’t a special section for hedge funders, no separation of the classes, we were one, motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country reveling in the music.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Laughlin, NV rally then it’s a must add to your riding “bucket list.”  It’s four days of wall-to-wall bikes, exhibits, vendors and entertainment. The rally is distinctive with 10 major casino resorts along a two-mile stretch on Casino Drive and everything is literally at your hotel doorstep.   The desert makes a great backdrop and riding bonus for the event. 

Sure there have been moments of negative, but in about 3 weeks it will be time for the 2010 Laughlin River Run.  I’m looking forward to a quick drive-by and then it’s on to a scenic tour around the canyon.  Grand Canyon.  I’ve previously posted on the 2009 Laughlin Rally HERE and 2008 Rally HERE.

Photo courtesy of ZZ Top, at Laughlin River Run.

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Summer is slipping away.  I can feel it in the air even though we’ve had an incredible run of some great weather here in the Northwest.

The end of summer is always a bit of a sad time for me since it means we’re approaching the end of another riding season and those spontaneous rides after work in a t-shirt without thinking about the end of the day temperatures or if rain gear is in the saddle bags are nearly over.

The calendar tells me that the seasons change in mid-September, but we all know that the unofficial end to summer is Labor Day. So before the routines of autumn set in it’s time to enjoy one last ride to say farewell to the lazy days of summer.

For me I plan to savor the last of summer by heading to Reno’s Street Vibrations.  It’s a traditional “end-of-summer” ride for many in the Northwest and it’s a ride I’ve done a number of times in the past.  Last year’s trip is documented HERE.  The “street V” rally is one that never seems to disappoint.  The major events planned at Harley Dealerships in Carson City and Reno along with the ride into historic Virginia City is always a good time.  I’m planning to do a ride around Tahoe and may even get some “Lady Luck” time in the poker hall or craps table.

This is the 14th year for this event.  See you there at the celebration of music, metal and motorcycles…

Street Vibrations photo courtsey of web site.

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Vegas StripThis Saturday (October 20th) Paradise HD (PHD) is having their 6th Annual Casino Night. It’s not Vegas, but get your lady luck shirt on and make a run for the money! They plan to have Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, and Texas Hold’em. You collect prizes for your winnings on the gaming tables and food and beverages are provided. Casino Night starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm. So much for running the tables all night long! Register in advance with a $5.00 donation for needy families.
Posse Vegas Strip

And if you don’t drink to many soda’s playing Craps, on Sunday morning the Sunset HOG Chapter is doing a Fall Color Ride. They plan to meet at PHD at 10:30am.

Cheers

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